VINCI Tab: Soft-sided Android-based tablet for toddlers
By Pawel Piejko
August 2, 2011
Feeling reluctant to hand that shiny new iPad over to junior? The VINCI Tab might be the answer - it's an Android 2.3-based 7-inch tablet with a tempered-glass display and soft edges that's been designed specifically for children of up to four years. The device is relatively well spec'd with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU and 512MB of RAM, offers a range of built-in apps and games for kids and is fully wireless-disabled, with no 3G and WiFi on-board ... which will help keep kids safe from inappropriate content and your wallet safe from unexpected data charges.
VINCI Tab's display is surrounded by a red, easy-to grip handle made of silicone-like soft material. The 800x480 LCD display with multi-touch is covered by the same tempered glass as utilized in car windows and the housing materials are said to meet toy and food contact safety standards.
VINCI Tab comes with a 3 megapixel rear camera which records 720p videos, there's also a microphone and a built-in speaker. It's capable of playing H.264 and MPEG-4 videos, as well as MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible and WAV audio files.
Connectivity comes courtesy of micro USB port, while internal storage of either 4GB or 8GB can be expanded via micro SD cards. There are also two choices of lithium-polymer batteries: a 3200mAH (3 hours of battery life), or 6400mAH (6 hours of battery life). The device measures 7.25 x 10 x 0.625 in (18.41 x 25.40 x 1.58 cm) and its weight is at 1.28 lb (580 g).
Rullingnet preloads the tablet with a bunch of age-specific toddler-tailored games, storybooks and music videos allowing to learn while playing. The tablet has also a VINCI Diary app built-in, designed for parents which "provides a comprehensive reference for your child's growth from an emotional and intellectual perspective."
No internet connection means parental control software is not required. More apps from Rullingnet are to be offered in the near future.
VINCI Tab is available for pre-order in either 8 GB/6400 mAh or 4 GB/3200 mAh version, priced at US$479 and US$389 respectively. The tablet is expected to be released on 10 August.